Windhoek gears up for free /Ae //Gams festival

Harold Akwenye

The City of Windhoek is preparing for the popular /Ae //Gams Arts and Cultural Festival, which celebrates the city’s rich cultural diversity and artistic talent.

The free event takes place tomorrow and Saturday at the Upper Parking of the City of Windhoek.

The festival, established in 2001, has become one of the most culturally diverse events in the city, celebrating different cultural groups represented in Namibia.

This year it kicked off with a Poetry Night on 19 April, where poets expressed their celebration of culture, creativity and community through spoken words.

City of Windhoek’s spokesperson, Harold Akwenye, says the event has an incredible line-up of platform creators for two spectacular days that promise to be nothing short of magical.

“This isn’t just a festival, it’s a vibrant celebration of unity, showcasing the rich tapestry of our community through arts and cultural roots.

“The festival is a dynamic space where the spirit of Windhoek comes alive with the rhythms of passion and creativity. It’s an opportunity to experience the soul of our city, to connect with one another and to celebrate the incredible resilience and stunning beauty that define us,” he says.

Akwenye further says the festival will feature various performances and visual arts showcases, as well as traditional cuisine, kiddies activities, upcycled fashion and more. There will also be traditional showcases from Suide Maak Vrede, Djaupyu Siteketa and Makgona Ngwao.

One of the creatives expected to perform is DJ Siya, who says his excitement grows as the day draws nearer.

Sponsored by the City of Windhoek, Namibia Wildlife Resorts, the National Theatre of Namibia, Plastic Packaging, Shoprite and Gondwana, among others, this year’s event promises to be bigger and better.

Akwenye stressed that city police will be visible, ensuring safety with undercover officers present for everyone’s well-being. –

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